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Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

Edited by Marc Marschark, Rico Peterson and Elizabeth A. Winston

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176940
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199869978 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof/9780195176940.001.0001

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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More than 1.46 million people in the United States have hearing losses in sufficient severity to be considered deaf; another 21 million people have other hearing impairments. For many deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, sign language and voice interpreting is essential to their participation in educational programs and their access to public and private services. However, there is less than half the number of interpreters needed to meet the demand, interpreting quality is often variable, and there is a considerable lack of knowledge of factors that contribute to successful interpreting. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that a study by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) found that 70% of the deaf individuals are dissatisfied with interpreting quality. Because recent legislation in the United States and elsewhere has mandated access to educational, employment, and other contexts for deaf individuals and others with hearing disabilities, there is an increasing need for quality sign language interpreting. It is in education, however, that the need is most pressing, particularly because more than 75% of deaf students now attend regular schools (rather than schools for the deaf), where teachers and classmates are unable to sign for themselves. In the more than one hundred interpreter training programs in the U.S. alone, there is a variety of educational models, but little empirical information on how to evaluate them or determine their appropriateness in different interpreting and interpreter education-covering what we know, what we do not know, and what we should know. This book synthesizes existing work and provides a coherent picture of the field as a whole, including evaluation of the extent to which current practices are supported by validating research.

Keywords: hearing loss; deaf; hearing impairments; sign language; voice interpreting; NAD; hearing disabilities; evaluation

Book.  384 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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Table of Contents

Shifting Positionality in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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Toward Real Interpreting in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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Educational Interpreting in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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Linguistic Features and Strategies of Interpreting in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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Code Choices and Consequences in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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The Research Gap in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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Factors that Influence the Acquisition of ASL for Interpreting Students in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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Service Learning in Interpreting Education in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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The Emerging Professionals in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

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